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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23-25

Implant-retained nasal prosthesis

1 Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Bezm-i Alem University, Istanbul, Turkey
2 Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey
3 Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Ass. Prof. Ozlem Kara
Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Bezm-i Alem University, Istanbul
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-4610.148518

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Malignant tumors of the nose occasionally require rhinectomy. Facial defects can cause not only functional problems but also some serious physchological problems that could cause the individual to avoid social contact. In view of this, the first aim of maxillofacial rehabilitation should be solving esthetic problems. Implant retained prostheses can give good esthetic results. Predictable biomechanical retention of nasal prostheses can be achieved using osseointegrated implants and intra-oral and craniofacial implants have been used previously. These prostheses are tissue compatible, simple in design and easy to place, can be worn independently of spectacles and in the majority of cases can be provided soon after surgical excision. In this case report, a nasal prosthesis was fabricated for a patient who lost his nose due to the basal cell carcinoma. Extra-oral implants and magnet retention for the proper connection of the nasal prosthesis were used. This prosthesis was acceptable for the patient because of excellent support, retentive abilities and the patient's appearance.

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